Re: Goldbelt Springs

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Posted by RiverRat on December 09, 2003 at 10:51:42:

In Reply to: Re: Goldbelt Springs posted by genie on December 08, 2003 at 21:34:06:

Hello Genie, I am sure others will jump in if I am wrong, but I believe you are talking about one of Shorty Harris' discoveries. I was there, also about 10 years ago, but in winter. Goldbelt spring freezes where it crosses the road, and forms an off-camber ice shelf (can you pronounce "slick-as-snot"?).

I have seen very little info on Goldbelt, makes me think it was a small operation probably working enriched surface ores (no, the ore doesn't get richer at depth). Since Shorty Harris died in the early 1930s, that suggests it was discovered and worked in the '10s-'20s. Most everything was reworked in the '30s. As $ was tight, and it was the end of a very long trail, structures were constructed on an as-needed basis, and only enough to stand up. Lumber and roofing might have spent time in several different camps before it came to rest in Goldbelt.

Yes, the road continues around (over?) Hunter Mountain, and eventually connects with Saline Valley road near the top of South Pass. Do not try this in winter, unless you can fit crampons on the tires of your vehicle.

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